Oh my! What's in a name

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Oh, what's his name?

O'Neil Wilson's mother had a premonition of some sort while giving birth to the man who would become a CFL receiver.

"She said she'd seen a crowd of 40,000 people screaming, 'Oh! Oh! Oh!' when I was born so, she came up with that name," Wilson explained yesterday. "So, for my first name, she put O'Neil and my second name, Omaro, is another two O's.

"Then, she came to Connecticut where I was playing (college) football and 40,000 people were screaming it (because) I was the first one to score a touchdown in the stadium they had just built. So, it was good to have her there to see it."

And hear it. Wilson, who was born in Scarborough, Ont., has a second middle name, Anthony.

The former Montreal Alouette receiver also has a new, temporary moniker since becoming a Blue Bomber.

"It's O'Neil during the week, it's 'Otis' on Game Day because he's grimy," interjected Winnipeg tailback Charles Roberts. "He makes the grimy catches out there ... Otis is like a grimy man. Otis is like that dude you see standing outside the liquor store. So, it's Otis on Game Day, baby. I want everybody to know him as Game-Day Otis. You're Game-Day, Otis, baby! Stick with it."


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